Friday, May 21, 2010

F2: Bag It

Welcome again to Friday's Feast1. Today I'll be talking about school lunches your mother used to pack for you.

My wife was listening to the radio sometime last week and they were talking about the ultimate sack lunch. The question was: "What would be the ultimate sack lunch that you would eat". This got me thinking about the kinds of sack lunches Moms make.

I must admit that I never had anything really fancy when it came to sack lunches. The staple wound up being a bologna sandwich with white bread and mayonnaise. I remember seeing a classmate who had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Doritos to which he promptly placed inside the sandwich and ate.

You always see those scenes in food commercials with kids trading the items in their lunch. I never experienced this myself, but am sure it still goes on today.

In high school I used to get a dollar from my dad to get some extra things at the lunchroom. I normally got a string cheese, a Little Debbie, a chocolate milk, and a chocolate malt ice-cream cup— each of which went to good use.

We typically called the string cheese "rat tail" because we used to pull off a good size chunk and stick one end in the corner of our mouth between our lips and gently pull at it while pushing out our cheek with out tongue (silly I know).

It always was a challenge to peel all the chocolate off the Little Debbie, then attempt to unroll it and eat it. We used to attempt to peel the chocolate off of Eskimo Pies (pronounced es-KOE-mo Pie) as well— but they weren't always available.

Since you normally shook up your chocolate milk, a friend and I used to make a contest out of it. We took the milk carton and placed it on the edge of the table. We then pinched the top and flipped it off the edge of the table and see how many times it would land like a cat on it's base.

Finally, we opened the milk and the chocolate malt cup and poured a thin layer of milk on the top and waited for it to freeze. Then we scraped off the frozen milk and repeated until finished.

How about you… are there any sack lunches that you remember eating as a child? Do you pack lunches for your children that the other kids would gladly trade their pony for? And, if you could pack anything and take as a sack lunch, what would it be?

This months theme is Moms and cooking. One of the things we all have in common is that we have a mom. Many of us even have fond memories of our mothers and even memories of her cooking or cooking with her. So what I'm looking for is anything that includes your mother and food.

If you don't want to disappoint your mother, be sure to leave a comment and include the URL so I can include you in an upcoming feast. Don't think that you have to come up with a post right away either. If you have already posted on this topic in the past— your links are always welcome.

1 If you don't know what Friday's Feast is all about, please read the Friday's Feast page for a more detailed explanation. If you want to join in on the feast— be sure to leave a comment and include the URL to your post so I and others can know of your contribution. Also, if you want to see a particular topic— feel free to suggest it as well (I'm always looking for new inspirations).


Joanie said...

All through grade school, I went home for lunch unless it was raining or really really cold. In high school I had typical balonie sandwiches with cheese and mustard (Hey! I'm from Philly! bologna is balonie where I come from!). The only thing I couldn't eat was tuna when I had 3rd period lunch (10:15 to 11 am). One of the lunch ladies was the mom of my brother's friend. Every day she would give me free french fries. I had to pretend to give her a lunch ticket. Cardinal O'Hara cafeteria had the BEST french fries!!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I never got to sack lunch... my mom made me walk the 1/2 a block home everyday for lunch... which made me miss lunch recess. I was so picked on as a child! hehe

M@who said...

good luck getting one of those items for under a $1 now.

Stacy Uncorked said...

Peanut butter and jelly or bologna and cheese with Miracle Whip were my usual lunches. At least that I can remember. ;) Princess Nagger loves it when I pack a dinosaur sandwich for her lunch on the days she doesn't eat in the cafeteria. I usually include a little love note for her - she seems disappointed when I forget! :)

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